#5 Positive: Universal Championship reign
After winning the Intercontinental Championship in September 2015 and February 2016, Kevin Owens went one better in August 2016 when he won a Fatal 4-Way match on Raw against Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Big Cass to become the new Universal champion.
Owens went on to headline three of the next four Raw-exclusive pay-per-views, retaining his title against Rollins and Reigns along the way, while he also formed an entertaining friendship with Chris Jericho.
The segments between Team Kevin & Chris (aka Team Chris & Kevin) were must-see television for WWE fans, especially when their friendship began to derail in early 2017, leading to the widely praised ‘Festival of Friendship’ segment on Raw.
The way in which Owens lost the Universal Championship – a 22-second match against Goldberg at Fastlane – did not go down well with fans, but his overall reign of 188 days will always be remembered fondly.Published 19 May 2019, 19:26 IST